Styx, Nugent, REO Speedwagon announce 2012 summer tour, concert dates

If the world is destined to end this summer, at least it will be going out in style as a trio of veteran rockers, Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon, have announced plans and dates for a summer concert series called the Midwest Rock 'N' Roll Express Tour.

"Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing rock songs," Styx guitarist/singer James "JY" Young said in a release that broke the news of the upcoming 2012 showcase. "It's time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands Styx and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!"

Get ready to dust off your stone-washed jean jackets because Styx, Nugent and Speedwagon have plans to kick things off in may, with an opening concert showcase at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas on May 1st.

The All-Star group of veteran rockers have announced a total of 26 U.S. tour dates for their upcoming 2012 summer series. Most of the shows will be taking place in the Midwest or along the Eastern seaboard; however, West Coast fans will have an opportunity to see the performers in Los Angeles, California at the Greek Theatre on May 6th. The tour will run through the month of July before concluding at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, New York on the 7th of that month.

The trio of performers, who all hail from the Midwest, made no secret of their early beginnings.

"I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values," REO Speedwagon singer/front man Kevin Cronin added in the press.

"In the Midwest we work hard, play hard, and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in Styx and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest Rock 'N' Roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world. I am ready to climb aboard the 'Midwest Rock 'N' Roll Express!' Rock on baby!"

And, if Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw gives any indication, it certainly sounds like the rock performers are looking forward to the upcoming tour.

"It's gonna be a twang fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base," Styx guitarist/singer Tommy Shaw said in a statement. "In other words, a real good time."

At each scheduled show, except for a May 4th concert in Tucson, Arizona and a May 12th show in Houston, Texas, Nugent will be taking the stage at 7:00pm. Nugent last toured in 2011 as part of the 'I Still Believe' series.

Find more information about the upcoming Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon tour at each band's official website. Check out the full list of concert dates for the Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon Midwest Rock 'N' Roll 2012 tour below.

Styx, Ted Nugent & REO Speedwagon Rock'N'Roll Express Tour - 2012 Concert Dates

DATE CITY VENUE
May 1 Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena
May 3 Albuquerque Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
May 4 Tucson Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre (no Ted Nugent)
May 5 Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
May 6 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
May 8 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 10 Council Bluffs, Iowa Mid America Arena
May 11 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
May 12 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Ted Nugent)
May 13 Corpus Christi, Texas Concrete Street Amphitheatre
May 17 Charlotte, N.C. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 19 Virginia Beach, Va. Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre
May 20 Alpharetta, Ga. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 21 Kansas City, Mo. Starlight Amphitheatre
June 22 St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 23 Ft. Knox, Ky. Godman Army Airfield
June 24 Chicago Charter One Pavilion
June 26 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 28 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 29 Scranton, Pa. Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
June 30 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
July 1 Atlantic City, N.J. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Center
July 3 Verona, N.Y. Turning Stone Resort Casino
July 5 Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
July 6 Big Flats, N.Y. Summer Stage
July 7 Gilford, N.Y. Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

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